Plain Talk about Drinking Water: Questions and Answers about the Water You Drink / Edition 4

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Written in an accessible question-and-answer format, this handy guide covers all aspects of drinking water for the household consumer. Symons is emeritus in sanitary engineering at the U. of Houston. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583211267
  • Publisher: American Water Works Association
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Edition description: 4TH
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
How the Water Spirit Got Her Power xv
Chapter 1 Health
General 1
Microbial Contaminants 22
General 22
Cryptosporidium 27
Travel 38
Chemicals 48
General 48
Lead 55
Fluoride 61
Chlorine 63
Aluminum 67
Radon 68
Arsenic 71
Chapter 2 Aesthetics
Taste and Odor 75
Appearance 80
Chapter 3 Home Facts
General 85
Treatment 90
Hard and Soft Water 97
Bottled Water 107
Other Uses in the Home 114
Cost 125
Chapter 4 Conservation 129
Chapter 5 Sources
General 143
Quality 150
Chapter 6 Suppliers
General 159
Treatment 166
Chapter 7 Distribution 169
Chapter 8 Regulations and Testing
Federal Regulations 181
Testing 188
Appendix A Where Can I Get More Information?
Reading Material 191
Selected Titles From EPA 191
Other Sources 192
Information on the Net 196
Appendix B Information About Inogranic Chemicals Found in Drinking Water
Alkalinity 201
Description and Sources 201
Effect on Drinking Water 202
Calcium (Ca) 202
Description and Sources 202
Effect on Drinking Water 202
Chloride (Cl) 203
Description and Sources 203
Effect on Drinking Water 203
Dissolved Solids 204
Description and Sources 204
Effect on Drinking Water 204
Fluoride (F) 205
Description and Sources 205
Effect on Drinking Water 206
Hardness 206
Description and Sources 206
Effect on Drinking Water 206
Iron (Fe) 207
Description and Sources 207
Effect on Drinking Water 207
Magnesium (Mg) 208
Description and Sources 208
Effect on Drinking Water 208
Manganese (Mn) 208
Description and Sources 208
Effect on Drinking Water 209
Nitrogen (N) 210
Description and Sources 210
Effect on Drinking Water 210
pH 211
Description and Sources 211
Effect on Drinking Water 211
Potassium (K) 212
Description and Sources 212
Effect on Drinking Water 212
Silica (SiO[subscript 2]) 213
Description and Sources 213
Effect on Drinking Water 213
Sodium (Na) 213
Description and Sources 213
Effect on Drinking Water 214
Specific Conductance 214
Description and Sources 214
Effect on Drinking Water 214
Sulfate (SO[subscript 4]) 215
Description and Sources 215
Effect on Drinking Water 215
Zinc (Zn) 216
Description and Sources 216
Effect on Drinking Water 216
Appendix C Fascinating Facts About Water in General
Liquid Water 219
Frozen Water 230
Appendix D Complete List of Questions 239
Appendix E Pronunciation Guide 263
Index 265
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2002

    Comments by a lay person

    This comprehensive book was easily readable to the average lay person due in great part to the question-answer format. The way Dr. Symons organized and categorized the topics was excellent. I particularly enjoyed Appendix C - 'Fascinating Facts About Water in General'.

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